Rick Warren, the non-denominational pastor of Saddleback Church in California, wrote a book in early 2000. The book was titled: “The Purpose-Driven Life.” In his book he poses several questions. Why am I here? Does my life matter? What is my purpose? Warren later wrote another book titled: “The Purpose-Driven Church.” Both were best sellers.
The scriptures help us to know that God’s purposes are at work or being fulfilled. Here are some scriptures that support my thinking on this.
“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13).
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Timothy 1:9).
More questions for us all to ponder: Are we living out our purpose for God’s Kingdom here on earth? Is our purpose Christ-centered or self-centered? Is the Holy Spirit actively at work in us to fulfill a greater purpose?
We are still focusing on Christ’s resurrection this week in worship. The sermon series is titled: “He Lives.” We are resurrected people. As followers of the risen Christ, I do believe he gives us a purpose. It’s my hope all go away from worship this Sunday empowered to live out this purpose.